STOCKBRIDGE – Three members of the Stockbridge City Council were sworn in on Monday evening.
Returning council members John Blount and Elton Alexander were joined by new councilwoman Yolanda Barber in taking the oath of office at the Monday meeting, the first meeting of the year for the city of Stockbridge.
Barber received the most votes of the nine candidates for three Stockbridge City Council seats in November balloting, followed by incumbent John Blount, 817-815 votes, respectively.
Third place in the election went to incumbent Elton Alexander, who ended up with 694 votes.
All three candidates spoke of their gratitude to the community for giving them the opportunity to serve on the Stockbridge City Council.
“I’m truly honored for the opportunity to serve as your councilwoman to help shape the future of our community,” Barber said.
“We serve the people. It’s about you,” Alexander said. “We work for you. On the campaign trail and during this campaign, I got to meet many of you, and meeting you was a joy and a delight. It showed me … what we already knew. This is a great place to live, a great place to work and a great place to play.”
“When I got re-elected, the first thing some people asked me was what was my strategy,” Blount said. “My strategy was to serve the people. I believe when you serve the people, that’s your first campaign and your last campaign. When you’re people-minded, that’s what we’re elected for, to make the decisions for the people of the city of Stockbridge.”
Blount said that, no matter what perception is put out, everyone elected to the city council has the best interests of the city and its residents in mind.
In addition, Alphonso Thomas was named mayor pro tem for the city for the coming year, a position held last year by Blount.
Thomas will serve as the presiding mayor for meetings and events in the event of the absence of Mayor Anthony Ford.